Margot Frank

Margot is three years older than Anne. She’s tidy, quiet, and gets good grades at school.

Miep Gies says of her: ‘I didn’t have any relationship with Margot. She was there, and that was all.’ Anne confirms this image. Describing Margot at the table, she writes: ‘Eats like a little mouse, doesn’t say a word.’ Anne and Margot have a few fights during their time in the Secret Annex. But sometimes they get on well, and talk about lots of things.

After the war, Margot wants to emigrate to what was then the Palestine Mandate, to become a maternity nurse, writes Anne. Otto states later that she wanted to study medicine. Like Anne, she keeps a diary during the war. But Margot’s diary was never found.

Margot's plan for the future

Anne and Margot often talk about their future plans. At first Margot doesn’t want to talk about them. On October 14, 1942, Anne writes in her diary: "Last night Margot and I were lying side by side in my bed. It was incredibly cramped, but that’s what made it fun. She asked if she could read my diary once in a while. ‘Parts of it,’ I said, and asked about hers. She gave me permission to read her diary as well. The conversation turned to the future, and I asked what she wanted to be when she was older. But she wouldn’t say and was quite mysterious about it. I gathered it had something to do with teaching; of course, I’m not absolutely sure, but I suspect it’s something along those lines. I really shouldn’t be so nosy."


Margot and Peter

Anne falls in love with Peter van Pels in the Secret Annex. Anne thinks that Margot is in love with Peter too, and this upsets her. But her worries are unfounded. On March 20, 1944, Anne writes in her diary: "Evidence of Margot’s goodness. I received this today, 20 March 1944: Anne, yesterday when I said I wasn’t jealous of you, I wasn’t being entirely honest. The situation is this: I’m not jealous of either you or Peter. I’m just sorry I haven’t found anyone with whom to share my thoughts and feelings, and I’m not likely to in the near future. But that’s why I wish, from the bottom of my heart, that you will both be able to place your trust in each other. You’re already missing out on so much here, things other people take for granted."


Margot studies Latin

Bep Voskuijl had ordered a Latin course under her own name. She pretended to follow the course herself, but is was Margot who did the homework and studied hard.


February 16, 1926

Born in Frankfurt am Main.


Margot’s sister Anne is born.


Margot starts school at the Ludwig Richter Schule.


Margot Frank emigrates with her parents to the Netherlands.

January 4, 1934

Margot starts school in Amsterdam.

February 16, 1934

Anne comes to Amsterdam as a ‘birthday surprise’.


Margot has to go to the Joods Lyceum (‘Jewish High School’).

July 5, 1942

Margot receives her call-up papers: she has to report for a ‘work camp’ in Germany.

July 6, 1942

Margot goes into hiding with her parents and sister at Prinsengracht 263.

August 4, 1944

The people in hiding are arrested and sent to the Westerbork transit camp (the Netherlands).

September 3, 1944

Deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp (in German-occupied Poland).

September 6, 1944

Arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Margot survives the selection.

Late October 1944/beginning of November

Margot is deported with Anne to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (Germany).

February 1945

Margot dies of typhus in Bergen-Belsen.

Edith Frank Anne and Margot's mother, Otto's wife

Edith has trouble settling down in the Netherlands.


Otto Frank Anne and Margot's father, Edith's husband

Otto sets up a business in the Netherlands. After that, his family can come over too.


Anne Frank Daughter of Otto and Edith, sister of Margot

Otto and Edith’s daughter, Margot’s sister Anne often plays the clown, but has a serious side too


Anne writes:

“Margot is very kind and would like me to confide in her, but I can't tell her everything. She takes me too seriously, far too seriously, and spends a lot of time thinking about her loony sister, looking at me closely whenever I open my mouth and wondering: is she acting, or does she really mean it?”